Each week we are posting General Intercessions for the upcoming Sunday liturgies by Msgr. Joseph Masiello, retired pastor of Holy Trinity Parish, Westfield, NJ. These intercessions are based on the assigned scriptures, the liturgical season and current events.
TWENTY-SEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
CELEBRANT: By prayer and petition, and with thanksgiving, let us make our requests known to the God of hope and of life.
READER: Please respond, “LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER!”
1. That the Church, and especially its leaders, may proclaim the Kingdom of life and compassion, not as its private possession, but as a gift for which our God will one day demand an account, we pray. . .
2. That the nations may learn to walk with profound reverence for life, creating for one another not bloodshed or oppression, war or terror, but rather pathways to justice and to peace, we pray. . .
3. That respect for life, from conception to natural death, may reveal itself in the commitment of government and of every citizen of this land to protecting the unborn, to lifting up the poor, to breaking down educational, housing, and economic blocks to equality and justice for all, we pray. . .
4. That God may grant an ever-increasing measure of success to the difficult work of those seeking to restore in hope our sister and brother citizens devastated in these days by flood and fire, we pray. . .
5. That the successor judge to the late Justice Ginsburg may serve with integrity only the best interests of the American people, as the judge in conscience understands those interests, we pray. . .
6. That there may be an increase in vocations to the priesthood, the diaconate, and the consecrated life for the gathering of the harvest, we pray. . .
7. That the seriously ill in our parish community and among our family members and friends may know love’s comfort and the healing touch of our God, (especially ___________________________, we pray. . .
8. That Easter’s glorious promise may wrap the hearts of those among us in mourning; and, all who have lost their lives to the corona virus____________________________ , and all our beloved dead come to the everlasting embrace of God’s love, and rest in peace forever, we pray. . .
CELEBRANT: Merciful God, listen to the prayers of your people. Cultivate in us hearts ready to do your will and give us the gift of an ever more profound respect for life. We ask this through Christ our Lord.